Beets- The Circulation Superfood
Beets, known botanically as Beta vulgaris, are native to the Mediterranean region. Although people have been eating the leaves since before written history, the root of the plant was generally used medicinally until Roman times. It did not become an internationally popular food until French chefs recognized the appeal of roasted beets in the 1800’s.
Flash forward to modern times and when you mention beets to someone, their reaction is either one of disgust due to the earthy, almost dirt-like flavor that natural beets possess, or they beam with joy and profess their love for these red superfoods. As polarizing as this miracle food can be to the palate, the real love for beets surfaced in the past decade among health nuts looking for cardiovascular healthy foods.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐒𝐨 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐬?
Beets, beetroot juice and beetroot powders have been popping up in smoothie recipes, pre-workouts, and more in recent years… and for good reason. For very few calories, beets contain a variety of vitamins, minerals (especially potassium), and antioxidants.
When it comes to heart health, beets’ biggest benefit is improved blood pressure. “Dietary nitrates from beets dilate blood vessels, allowing for increased blood flow and therefore putting less stress on the heart to pump oxygen and nutrients throughout the body,” says Kelly Jones M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., nutrition consultant to professional athletes and sports organizations.
𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐭 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐝𝐞𝐫-
The problem is, to get the true benefits of nitric oxide from natural beets, you’d have to eat A LOT of beets (like somewhere between two and eight) to produce enough nitric oxide to reap real quantifiable blood flow benefits. That’s where beetroot powder, which is made from dehydrated beets and thus contains higher levels of nitrates, comes in.
𝐅𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐢𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐭 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐝𝐞𝐫-
•Strengthens Your Heart Health
•Increases Exercise Endurance
•Helps Power Through Intense Workouts
•Reduces Workout Recovery Time
•Boosts Brain Health
An estimated 10-15% of all U.S. adults experience beeturia (a reddening of the urine) after consumption of beets in everyday amounts. While this phenomenon is not considered harmful in and of itself, it may be a possible indicator of the need for healthcare guidance in one particular set of circumstances involving problems with iron metabolism. Individuals with iron deficiency, iron excess, or specific problems with iron metabolism are much more likely to experience beeturia than individuals with healthy iron metabolism. For this reason, if you experience beeturia and have any reason to suspect iron-related problems, we recommend a healthcare consult to follow up on possible issues related to iron status.
Symptoms of an iron deficiency can include:
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